Search Warrant Data (New Orleans Police Department)

Lucy Parsons Labs filed this request with the New Orleans Police Department of New Orleans, LA.
Tracking #

19-7135

Multi Request Search Warrant Data
Status
Rejected

Communications

From: Lucy Parsons Labs


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Louisiana Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

For all search warrants, applications for search warrants, cancellations, and authorization for search warrants between 2012 to the date of processing this request, please provide the following points of record for each:

Full Name of requester
If arrest, arrest ID (eg some cities/states use, "Incident Report")
Reason(s) for search warrant (typically either hand-written, or checkboxes)
Badge ID (or similar) of requester
District/Unit
Name of Judge
Name of approving officer
Whether an Arrest happened
Requested location of search warrant
Location of search warrant execution
Type of search warrant
Statements used to justify search warrant
Time and date when search warrant was submitted for approval
Time and date when search warrant was executed
Whether anything was seized
Whether anything was found
License plate of vehicle (if relevant)
Race of person for search warrant
Age of person for search warrant
State of person for search warrant
Whether an informant was involved
Method of contact with informant leading to search warrant (eg, phone call, mail, fax, email, etc)
Description of person search warrant executed on
Legal code of violation
Description of violation
Date of violation
If search warrant related to debt: name of company debt is owed to, amount owed
Whether FBI involved
ID associated with FBI document (eg, IR #)
Whether search warrant was cancelled
Whether contraband found
Whether narcotics found

The records responsive to this request are likely available in a database, or in some query-able format. If your department or agency does not have direct access to the records, please raise to the respective department that can run queries directly (eg, through SQL).

Should your agency not have all of the requested records within a single record or document, please provide me the relevant documents that do, even if that requires more than one class of document. Should some of the records be unavailable, please let me know ahead of time so that we can narrow the request accordingly.

As the records responsive to this request are imperative for understanding how search warrants are executed, I ask that the public interest of these records be evaluated to the extent that the public's interest outweighs this request's burden. To add, this request is being sent to the largest city of every state and will be collated together to create a comprehensive map of search warrants throughout the US. As such, the records are not only important for understanding search warrants at a local level, but also at a national and state-wide level.

Please ensure that provided documents comply with Section 508, as these records will be shared with members of the public who are covered under the ADA. This guide should be helpful: https://www.hhs.gov/web/section-508/making-files-accessible/checklist/pdf/index.html

If this request was sent to the wrong department or agency, please let me know so that I can send to the correct place.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 3 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Lucy Parsons Labs

From: New Orleans Police Department

City of New Orleans

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Hi there

Your first City of New Orleans record request (request number #19-7135) has been submitted.
It is currently unpublished and is not available for the general public to view.

Thank you, our office has received your Public Records Law request.  Your request has been forwarded to the City department or office which is the custodian of the records you requested. The custodian will determine whether responsive records exist, and if so, compile the records for your review.

Please refer to the due date located on the individual "Request #" page for an estimate of when your records, if any, will be available.  This estimated due date may be adjusted depending on the nature of your request.

Note also that records may be in active use at this time and therefore not available for immediate review.  Additionally, in accordance with the Louisiana Public Records Law, the City of New Orleans strives to promptly release all records which contain only public information and are not otherwise exempt from the Public Records Law. The City must balance its commitment to open access with its legal obligation to review public records for such exceptions and exemptions prior to release. 

As soon as the custodian notifies our office that the records have been compiled and are available for review, we will notify you to schedule a mutually agreeable time to review or purchase copies of the records.  Thank you for your request, and we look forward to working with you to provide public records in a fair and efficient manner.

Thank you,

City of New Orleans

As the requester, you can always see the status of your
request by signing into the City of New Orleans Public Records
portal here.

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From: New Orleans Police Department

City of New Orleans

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Hi there

A message was sent to you regarding record request #19-7135:

We are still in the process of gathering information in order to respond to your request. Please note that warrants prior to 2017 were handwritten and we will not be able to provide that because it will be too burdensome. However, we are still awaiting information in regards to 2017 to present.

Thank you for your patience.

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From: New Orleans Police Department

City of New Orleans

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Hi there

The due date for record request #19-7135 has been changed to:

November 21, 2019

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From: New Orleans Police Department

City of New Orleans

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Hi there

Record request #19-7135 has been closed. The closure reason supplied was:

We cannot fulfill your request because it is unreasonably burdensome and expensive in light of the City/NOPD’s limited resources and the vast amount of data involved. La. Rev. Stat. 44:33A(2).

Your request cannot be fulfilled because it requires the department to create a new record.

Notably, the Public Records Law does not require the custodian to create a document to satisfy a request.  See Nungesser v. Brown, 95-3005 (La. 2/16/96); 667 So. 2d 1036, 1037.  See also La. Op. Att’y Gen. 1996-97 (July 3, 1996); La. Op. Att’y Gen. 97-328 (July 27, 1997).  Accordingly, your request will not be fulfilled.

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